Podcast: Fahy On Unions, Immigration & More

February 25, 2016

In the 16th edition of Bernews’ podcasts, Home Affairs Minister Michael Fahy spoke to us for almost an hour in a wide-ranging interview on issues ranging from immigration to same sex marriage.

The Minister said that perceptions some may have that his Ministry and the Government through immigration policies were anti-black Bermudian “could not be further from the truth” but he did admit Government could do a much better job at communicating with the community.

Bernews Podcast with Home Affairs Minister Michael Fahy

He admitted that the economy was on a tightrope but the reality, he said, was “that things are turning around”.

Pushed on what other industrial sectors which had been approached to create jobs he said he was very happy with the work of the BEDC and the Bermuda Development Agency and said Government had received approaches from industries such as a biomedical school.

He has no intention of apologising to the Ombudsman for remarks he made, and he was scathing about PLP MP Walton Brown’s call for civil disobedience over immigration policies saying he was “disgusted. I will be as strong as that”.

57-minute podcast with Home Affairs Minister Michael Fahy

As long as he is Minister for Home Affairs, Mr Fahy said the idea of commercial immigration would stay off the agenda.

He said overtures had been made to the unions to talk but that he had not heard back from them, and that in the past he had had very good relations with them and had no issue with a union’s right to strike.


Bernews’ podcasts aim to provide an in-depth look at current affairs and different issues affecting the Island, and the text extracts above represent only a small portion of the full interview.

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  1. Ed Case says:

    The PLP, and all associated losers are more than upset now that it has been revealed that all the status grabbers aren’t all white, with bowler hats, sipping tea and eating fish and chips out of last week’s Daily Express..

    The only position they have is the same old tired race card of course, so now that the dirty little secret is out that this will help many many people who ‘look like them’, what can they possibly do?

    Goodness, imagine the PLP having to make an argument without making it a race thing? I mean, what will walton ever do? The white mental illness lady too?

    Their whole argument gone – POOF! Too bad huh. Perhaps it is time to grow up.

    • Raymond Ray says:

      Well presented, and I totally agree, Quote: “Anyone else find it ironic that one of the main complaints is that these people shouldn’t have been here for 15-20 years, because the government continued to ‘illegally’ renew work permits? I’m sorry…who was in power for the majority of those 15-20″

  2. San George says:

    As long as you keep the civil service propped-up you are safe. As soon as you run-out of OPM you are gone. Former administration did it, now it’s your turn.

    Don’t cry for us – yet we rise!

    Quo Fata Ferunt

  3. TRUE LIES are sincerely spoken here.

    • Also, any logical-thinking BLACK BERMUDIAN, who is educated, unemployed, wants desperately to work, is facing severe financial hardship, is well-aware that FEHY is FULL OF IT!!

  4. Trisha says:

    There should be more low class expats leaving the island this year so Bermudians can take over those jobs.

    • Build a Better Bermuda says:

      Try getting a Bermudian with no work skills to take on a low skill job for more than a week. Those that do have the work ethic are already employed, so the majority left in the available pool will typical do the job as a quick hustle, then the employer is left having to advertise and fill the post again… that is bad for business, it cost time and money with lost productivity ever time they have to replace someone, especially on short notice. Can you blame businesses for hiring a foreigner that will stay in the job when they have had trouble keeping a local in it.

    • Hair says:

      If the Bermudian will work!!!

  5. JUNK YARD DOG says:

    ” A person ,place or organization, can spend a lifetime gaining a good reputation and loose it all in less that one minute”.